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…Take the Lead

We’re well into Women’s History Month, so this What to Watch Wednesday I thought I’d take a moment to honor just a few of the fabulous ladies of the smaller screen.

With each passing season, it seems like there are more and more programs not only about women, but featuring more women in front of and behind the camera. On top of that, representation of women on these programs has become increasingly diverse.

A lot of this change is coming from public demand, but it’s also from women in the industry looking out for and lifting each other up. It’s encouraging, and a strong contradiction to the tired trope of women seeing other women as competition.

We’ve by no means reached the ideal. We still have quite a ways to go, but sometimes you to take a moment to appreciate the strides you’ve managed to make. Read the rest of this entry



Happy Golden Globes Sunday!

The time has arrived for us to put forth our predictions. Hollywood’s biggest party will have a decidedly sterner tone than usual as actresses (and we expect most actors too) will take to the red carpet in black in recognition and support of #MeToo and #TimesUp.

While quickly scanning the nominees, the Golden Globes may not appear to have quite caught up with the need for broader representation (particularly in the director category), there are signs of hope. Read the rest of this entry

…be marvelous

When Mrs. Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) discovers that her husband, Joel (Michael Zegen) has cheated on her, she doesn’t mope, she doesn’t cry, she goes straight down to the club where her husband has been failing as a stand-up comic for months, and absolutely kills it…you know as any 1960s  housewife would.

From the very start of, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” as Midge delivers a series of zingers at her own wedding, it’s pretty clear that Midge is no ordinary housewife. And if it’s not love at first punchline, well then frankly…

Mrs. Maisel aka Midge is a fabulous, fierce, opinionated woman, who up until this point has spent her life focused on what she thought she was supposed to—getting married, having children, and making a comfortable home for her family. And she’s pretty good at it.

But when the floor drops out from under her life, that’s when she truly shines, and when this story soars. Not only because of her stand-up ambitions, championed by her manager, Susie (Alex Borstein), but because Midge continues being the same curious outgoing person that she always was, but even more so. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn (and not just about some truly bogus laws that existed at the time).

It will probably come as no surprise that this gloriously feminist piece of television was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the woman who brought us “Gilmore Girls.” But before you back away from what has (infuriatingly so) become a four-letter word, let me finish…

Yes, there is clearly a message here about the ridiculous double standards and limitations that woman faced and, in many ways, still face, and Midge’s stand-up provides the perfect platform (literally) to pick those inequalities apart. For instance, the extraordinary efforts that Midge (pre-breakup) goes to maintain an illusion of perfection are utterly soul-crushing to watch (when did she sleep?).

However, seeing as this is the work of Amy Sherman-Palladino, it’s no surprise that what makes this show truly shine is its depth (Just the Gilmore Girls did not a Stars Hollow make). That includes both a stellar ensemble (Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron, and I could be here for days, because it’s a parade of excellence) but also in its deep respect for each of its characters and the stories they have to tell together.

No one is written off as one-dimensional. No one. Even the cheating husband is a redeemable character. Everyone has value, no one is treated as a less than. And although Midge is undeniably a superhero, even she isn’t perfect, and I’m not just talking about the times she bombs on stage. She’s learning about stand-up and about standing up on her own, something that she has clearly always excelled at.

If you were drawn in with the promise of “Gilmore Girls” glory, you will not be disappointed, and that includes some familiar faces and the whip-smart, lightning-fast dialogue we all know and love with some new faces and new places to enjoy. Top it off with some truly well-chosen music, and I cannot put into words how joyful this show is. You’ll just have to see for yourself…

…bi-daily smile…

…take note


Crusaders, we made it! It’s Thursday (aka Friday Eve)! I think we can all agree that it’s been a rough couple of days here…without getting into details because I just can’t.

So today I thought it’d be nice to take a moment to breathe away from the news cycle and catch up on some of the more delightful highlights of the week. Because believe it or not, good things have happened this week. Let’s take a moment to remember and cherish them… Read the rest of this entry